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Frankenberger Fights For Two at WPT Festa Final
Coming in with a shot at his second World Poker Tour title this year, Andy Frankenberger headlines Wednesday's WPT Festa al Lago final table.
The New York stock trader turned poker player took down the WPT Legends of Poker main event in Los Angeles this August and now has a chance to sure up his WPT Player of the Year lead and add another $831,500 first-place prize to his ever-growing bankroll.
However, Frankenberger said he's not sure if the experience he gained at Legends will help or hurt.
"I would say yes except last time I was the new guy and my inexperience didn't hurt me, so I really don't think so," he said. "Poker is a funny thing. Sometimes more experience can hurt you. When you've had a bad beat sometimes you're afraid to do something again you shouldn't be afraid of.
"That's why Im not so sure. I definitely have more understanding of what's to come and the emotional roller coaster that it is, but its never easy."
The final six at Festa certainly won't be easy.
Frankenberger comes in fourth in chips with Randal Flowers, who became the youngest WPT title holder in history when he took down the WPT Spanish Championship in 2009, leading the way.
WPT and WSOP final tablist Noah Schwartz, online pro Jason "NovaSky" Koon, Skip Wilson, a veteran of four WSOP final tables, and 2009 Caesars Palace Classic runner-up Michael Benvenuti round out the final six.
Rather than the cards or the competition, Frankenberger said his desire to taste from the cup of victory again could prove the biggest stumbling block.
"I think the worst thing that I have going for me right now is that I know how great it feels to win and I want it badly," he said. "It's not good to want it too bad. If you want it too bad, you might start playing differently. I try to keep that in mind now, but I still want it bad."
335 players entered the event creating a $3,249,500 prize pool with $831,500 set aside for first.
The final will begin at 4 p.m. PT Wednesday.
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Here's how they'll stack up coming in:
1 Randall Flowers 3,215,000
2 Noah Schwartz 3,135,000
3 Jason Koon 2,555,000
4 Andy Frankenberger 1,935,000
5 Michael Benvenuti 1,390,000
6 Skip Wilson 1,200,000